Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Wednesday night the best senior girls and boys from Manatee and Sarasota counties’ basketball teams came together and played an All-Star game to raise money for former Mustang, Jack Kelley’s hospital expenses. Profits also went to funeral expenses for a Braden River High School student that passed away this past March.
Kelley was an LRHS student and basketball star who was seriously injured in a traffic accident earlier this year.
The girls played at 6 p.m. and the boys played at 7:30 p.m. with Sarasota winning for the girls and a Manatee win for the boys.
A reported 518 people came out to support the Manatee/Sarasota basketball programs as well as support the families of both students.
A total of $3,578 was raised in ticket sales and donations, and this money will be going to Kelley’s hospital expenses.
T-shirt sales and donations came to $612 for the family of the BRHS student for funeral expenses.
LRHS senior Joshua Young wore Kelley’s jersey number throughout the night and honored him by winning the 2019 dunk contest and Most Valuable Player for the boys’ game. During his time playing, Kelley won the 2018 dunk contest.
Kelley’s father was at the game and was in communication with him the whole night, so that he could still support the cause while recovering.
LRHS basketball coach Jeremy Schiller said, “Thank you to Domino’s because they sponsored the whole event so all the money could go to Jack.”